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Famitsu Asks Japanese Developers To Vote For Their Top 30 Games Of 2019

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Famitsu Asks Japanese Developers To Vote For Their Top 30 Games Of 2019

Last week, Famitsu published the results of a poll asking 132 Japanese developers and celebrities what were their top games of 2019.

The developers polled included Yoko Taro (Director of Nier: Automata), Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Producer of Mega Man), Hideki Kamiya (Director of Bayonetta), and many more. Overall, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the highest placing Nintendo game in the Top 30, followed by Ring Fit Adventure and Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Check out the Top 30 Results below, along with some personal picks from various popular devs.

Top 30 games of 2019 according to Japanese devs/celebs
1. Death Stranding
2. Dragon Quest Walk
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
5. Ring Fit Adventure
6. Pokémon Sword & Shield
7. Days Gone
8. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
9. Dragon Quest Builders 2
10. Apex Legends
11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
12. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
13. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
14. Judgment
15. Persona 5 Royal
16. Resident Evil 2
17. Kingdom Hearts III
18. Astral Chain
19. Borderlands 3
20. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
21. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
22. Tetris 99
23. Archer Densetsu
24. Fate/Grand Order
25. Splatoon 2
26. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
27. Samurai Shodown
28. Detroit: Become Human
29. moon
30. GRIS

Yoko Taro (NieR Automata director): Astral Chain

Toshimichi Mori (BlazBlue series producer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Death Stranding, Devil May Cry 5, Project Sakura Wars

Shinjiro Katsuda: (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Producer: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Katsura Hoshino: (Persona 5 director): Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Star Luster, Death Stranding

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Mega Man producer): Death Stranding, Ring Fit Adventure, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Tetris 99, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Hideaki Itsuno: (Devil May Cry series director): Power Pros (Nintendo Switch), Nintendo Labo, Ise Shima Mystery Annai: Itsuwari no Kuro Shinju, Battle Princess Madelyn, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Kazuki Morishita (Puzzle & Dragons creative producer): Teppen, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Puzzle & Dragons, Death Stranding

Keisuke Kikuchi (Atelier series producer): Persona 5 Royal, Super Robot Wars T, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Toro to Puzzle: Doko Demo Issho

Kenichirō Takaki (Senran Kagura series producer): 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Katana Zero, Samurai Shodown, Resident Evil 2

Tetsuya Fukuhara (Granblue Fantasy director): Death Stranding, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, World Flipper, The Outer Worlds

Hiroshi Matsuyama (.Hack series developer): Gris, Dragon Quest Walk, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Astral Chain, Kingdom Hearts III

Ryōji Tsumeda (White Cat Project director): Dragon Quest Walk, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Penguin no Shima, Moon

Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII Remake producer): Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Prepar3D, Death Stranding

Ryūtarō Ichimura (Dragon Quest series chief producer): Dead by Daylight, Uni’s on Air, Death Stranding, Dungeon Maker, Dragon Quest of the Stars

Kimihiro Ikami (Fate/Grand Order Arcade director): Fate/Grand Order, Judgment, Dragon Quest Walk, Detroit: Become Human, Samurai Shodown

Jirō Ishii (Project Sakura Wars story structure writer): Death Stranding, Splatoon 2, Gnosia, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Tetsu Katano (Sonic series producer): Judgment, Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini), Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, Persona 5 Royal, Puyopuyo!! Quest

Sohei Niikawa (Disgaea series producer): Dragon Quest Walk

Yozo Sakagami (The Idolmaster series producer): Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Death Stranding, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Fishing Spirits

Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken series producer): Gris, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Payday 2, Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, theHunter: Call of the Wild

Hiroshi Yoshimura (God Eater director): Dragon Quest Builders 2, Puzzle & Dragons, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Red Dead Redemption 2, Warframe

Takanobu Terada (Super Robot Wars series producer): Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Pokémon Ga-Olé

Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta designer): Tetris 99

Ken Motomura (Yōkai Watch series director): Death Stranding, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2, Astral Chain

Tsunako (Hyperdimension Neptunia character designer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Tetris 99, Beat Saber, Persona 5 Royal, Minecraft

Source: Nintendo Soup
 
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Wow somebody in Japan played Detroit Becoming Numen?
They better be working on localization as we speak, I need another Vanillaware game in my life
Game bombed from what I've read and for good reason. No clean 2D sprites and it is a standard tower defense game. I have no idea what the fuck Vanillaware was thinking honestly.
 
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Would DS get the same amount of votes if it would be the exact game but without hideo kojima on it?

 

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They better be working on localization as we speak, I need another Vanillaware game in my life
Do you believe I still dont know what type game this is. From trailer I thought this side scroller mecha game then I saw this...


What game is this exactly? Is it SRPG like Fire Emblem or Front Mission?
 
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Yoko Taro (NieR Automata director): Astral Chain
I'm starting to think that Danjin44 Danjin44 is really Yoko Taro in disguise ;P
Toshimichi Mori (BlazBlue series producer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Death Stranding, Devil May Cry 5, Project Sakura Wars
Purchasing all of the BlazBlue games as we speak.
Katsura Hoshino: (Persona 5 director): Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Star Luster, Death Stranding
Purchasing all of the Persona games as we speak.
Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Mega Man producer): Death Stranding, Ring Fit Adventure, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Tetris 99, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Purchasing all of the Mega Man games as we speak.
Tetsuya Fukuhara (Granblue Fantasy director): Death Stranding
Purchasing all of the Granblue games as we speak.
Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII Remake producer): Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Prepar3D, Death Stranding
Purchasing all of the Final Fantasy games as we speak.
Ryūtarō Ichimura (Dragon Quest series chief producer): Dead by Daylight, Uni’s on Air, Death Stranding, Dungeon Maker, Dragon Quest of the Stars
Purchasing all of the Dragon Quest games as we speak.
Jirō Ishii (Project Sakura Wars story structure writer): Death Stranding
Purchasing all of the Project Sakura Wars games as we speak.
Yozo Sakagami (The Idolmaster series producer): Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Death Stranding, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Fishing Spirits
Purchasing all of the Idolmaster games as we speak, I guess.....
Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta designer): Tetris 99
Deleting my LTTP of Bayonetta as we speak.
Ken Motomura (Yōkai Watch series director): Death Stranding, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2, Astral Chain
Yeah, no.
 
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Game bombed from what I've read and for good reason. No clean 2D sprites and it is a standard tower defense game. I have no idea what the fuck Vanillaware was thinking honestly.

They are a very small development studio, I don't think they have to sell millions to make a profit and in any case the worldwide release is already confirmed so no biggie.

Do you believe I still dont know what type game this is. From trailer I thought this side scroller mecha game then I saw this...


What game is this exactly? Is it SRPG like Fire Emblem or Front Mission?

It's more like a RTS with RPG elements and a separate Adventure mode, it's hard to compare to other japanese games because they don't usually make those types of games but in case you have played Heroes of Mana for Ninetndo DS it's kinda like that, the best general comparison I can make is with Vanillaware's own GrimGrimoire for the PS2, but apparently the story in 13 Sentinels is mind blowing and that's the whole hype with the game, not the actual gameplay.
 

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I'm surprised KHIII is #17. I was expecting to be it in the top 10.
 

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Famitsu Asks Japanese Developers To Vote For Their Top 30 Games Of 2019

Last week, Famitsu published the results of a poll asking 132 Japanese developers and celebrities what were their top games of 2019.

The developers polled included Yoko Taro (Director of Nier: Automata), Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Producer of Mega Man), Hideki Kamiya (Director of Bayonetta), and many more. Overall, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the highest placing Nintendo game in the Top 30, followed by Ring Fit Adventure and Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Check out the Top 30 Results below, along with some personal picks from various popular devs.

Top 30 games of 2019 according to Japanese devs/celebs
1. Death Stranding
2. Dragon Quest Walk
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
5. Ring Fit Adventure
6. Pokémon Sword & Shield
7. Days Gone
8. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
9. Dragon Quest Builders 2
10. Apex Legends
11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
12. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
13. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
14. Judgment
15. Persona 5 Royal
16. Resident Evil 2
17. Kingdom Hearts III
18. Astral Chain
19. Borderlands 3
20. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
21. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
22. Tetris 99
23. Archer Densetsu
24. Fate/Grand Order
25. Splatoon 2
26. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
27. Samurai Shodown
28. Detroit: Become Human
29. moon
30. GRIS

Yoko Taro (NieR Automata director): Astral Chain

Toshimichi Mori (BlazBlue series producer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Death Stranding, Devil May Cry 5, Project Sakura Wars

Shinjiro Katsuda: (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Producer: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Katsura Hoshino: (Persona 5 director): Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Star Luster, Death Stranding

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Mega Man producer): Death Stranding, Ring Fit Adventure, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Tetris 99, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Hideaki Itsuno: (Devil May Cry series director): Power Pros (Nintendo Switch), Nintendo Labo, Ise Shima Mystery Annai: Itsuwari no Kuro Shinju, Battle Princess Madelyn, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Kazuki Morishita (Puzzle & Dragons creative producer): Teppen, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Puzzle & Dragons, Death Stranding

Keisuke Kikuchi (Atelier series producer): Persona 5 Royal, Super Robot Wars T, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Toro to Puzzle: Doko Demo Issho

Kenichirō Takaki (Senran Kagura series producer): 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Katana Zero, Samurai Shodown, Resident Evil 2

Tetsuya Fukuhara (Granblue Fantasy director): Death Stranding, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, World Flipper, The Outer Worlds

Hiroshi Matsuyama (.Hack series developer): Gris, Dragon Quest Walk, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Astral Chain, Kingdom Hearts III

Ryōji Tsumeda (White Cat Project director): Dragon Quest Walk, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Penguin no Shima, Moon

Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII Remake producer): Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Prepar3D, Death Stranding

Ryūtarō Ichimura (Dragon Quest series chief producer): Dead by Daylight, Uni’s on Air, Death Stranding, Dungeon Maker, Dragon Quest of the Stars

Kimihiro Ikami (Fate/Grand Order Arcade director): Fate/Grand Order, Judgment, Dragon Quest Walk, Detroit: Become Human, Samurai Shodown

Jirō Ishii (Project Sakura Wars story structure writer): Death Stranding, Splatoon 2, Gnosia, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Tetsu Katano (Sonic series producer): Judgment, Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini), Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, Persona 5 Royal, Puyopuyo!! Quest

Sohei Niikawa (Disgaea series producer): Dragon Quest Walk

Yozo Sakagami (The Idolmaster series producer): Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Death Stranding, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Fishing Spirits

Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken series producer): Gris, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Payday 2, Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, theHunter: Call of the Wild

Hiroshi Yoshimura (God Eater director): Dragon Quest Builders 2, Puzzle & Dragons, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Red Dead Redemption 2, Warframe

Takanobu Terada (Super Robot Wars series producer): Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Pokémon Ga-Olé

Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta designer): Tetris 99

Ken Motomura (Yōkai Watch series director): Death Stranding, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2, Astral Chain

Tsunako (Hyperdimension Neptunia character designer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Tetris 99, Beat Saber, Persona 5 Royal, Minecraft

Source: Nintendo Soup
Regardless of Death Stranding, if your list has a top ten with Dragon Quest Walk, Ring Fit Adventure, Pokémon Sword & Shield and Days Gone you know you have a crappy list. I mean those games are better ranked than RE2? That's BS no matter personal preferances.